Medical certificates

Only the official TASC 2020 Senior Secondary External Assessment Medical Certificate will be accepted as it includes all information required by TASC.

The medical consultation must be on the day of your exam, or not more than seven days before the exam. If the date of the consultation is after the date of the exam it will not be accepted.

If you are sick with possible COVID-19 symptoms

Do not attend your exam if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, or if you are waiting for your COVID-19 test result.

If you have hay fever symptoms follow the advice about getting tested for COVID-19, consulting a GP about managing your symptoms, and obtaining a certificate or letter so you can go back to school or attend your exams.

  • If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, arrange a COVID-19 test by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738, or by making an appointment with your own GP.
  • Even if you are not symptomatic, do not attend your exam if you have had a COVID-19 test and are in isolation awaiting your COVID-19 test result.

For a COVID-19 test arranged through the Public Health Hotline:

  • Your call to the Hotline must be before your exam and your symptoms must meet the criteria to have a COVID-19 test.
  • Tell your school that you are having a COVID-19 test and can’t attend the exam.
  • Complete the TASC 2020 Senior Secondary External Assessment Medical Certificate, including ticking the box confirming you are having a COVID-19 test booked through the Public Health Hotline and signing the declaration to allow TASC to verify with the Tasmanian Government that you had a COVID-19 test.
  • Submit the TASC Medical Certificate directly to TASC without Section B having to be completed. Use contactless delivery:
    •  take a clear photo of the completed Section A and email it to TASC, OR
    •  mail the completed form to TASC.
  • You will be advised by TASC via email if your medical certificate has been accepted.
  • If your symptoms have cleared up, you are expected to attend your scheduled exams from the day after you receive notification of a negative COVID-19 test. If you still have cold or flu like symptoms, you are not to attend your exams and must arrange a TASC Medical Certificate from your GP.

For a COVID-19 test arranged through your GP:

  • Immediately arrange a same-day appointment with your doctor or a medical practitioner to discuss your symptoms and for your GP to determine if you need a COVID-19 test – the consultation with your GP must be the same day as your exam and you must advise clinic staff that you have COVID-19 symptoms when making your appointment.
  • Tell your school that you are having a COVID-19 test and can’t attend the exam.
  • Complete Section A of the TASC TASC 2020 Senior Secondary External Assessment Medical Certificate and provide it to your GP using contactless delivery – take a clear photo of the completed Section A and email it to your GP along with a link to the TASC Medical Certificate on the TASC website. Your GP needs to provide TASC with your completed Section A and their completed Section B by email or by mail.
  • You will be advised by TASC via email if your medical certificate has been accepted.
  • You are expected to attend your scheduled exams from the day after the dates of illness/incapacity written by your GP, which allows time to receive notification of the COVID-19 test result and your symptoms to have cleared. Usually a TASC Medical Certificate can be for a maximum seven-day period but this will be waived if required for COVID-related medical certificates.

If you’re sick and can’t attend an exam

  • Tell your school the reason you can’t attend the exam.
  • Immediately arrange a same-day appointment with your doctor or a medical practitioner – the appointment must be the same day as your exam (or not more than seven days before).
  • Complete Section A of the TASC 2020 Senior Secondary External Assessment Medical Certificate, and ask them to complete Section B and submit it to TASC within three days.

If you become sick during an exam and can’t complete it

If you can’t attend an exam for another reason, including if you experience an emergency

  • Tell your school the reason you can’t attend the exam.
  • Write to the Executive Officer, TASC at execofficer@tasc.tas.gov.au within five days of your exam to apply for an emergency special arrangement. You must detail the reasons for your absence, and provide supporting evidence such as a police report, statutory declaration, etc.
  • You will be advised by TASC via email if your evidence has been accepted.